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Where I'm From

Celebrate your diverse identity and your community.

Participants will need a Lyricism 101 journal (supplied by the Club) to use throughout the activities or access to open and upload a document.

Young people around the world derive great pride from their communities of origin, which makes this activity easy to facilitate and exciting for Club members to participate in.

Review handouts ahead of time so that you can answer any questions.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

Computer
Headphones
PencilAndPaper
WritingProgram
WiFiInternet
 

STEP 1
TIME: 5 MINUTES

A Powerful Poem

This vivid poem uses imagery, dialogue, language and numerous literary devices.

Read the poem “Where I’m From” by Willie Perdomo.
This poem is used to inspire youth and is also an example of great writing.

Help  members access the link to the poem "Where I'm From."

We can all talk about ourselves, especially when our identities and cultures are validated. Therefore, the “I Am, I Be” poem is one of the most critical and important creative writing opportunities for young writers in Lyricism 101.

Assist members who need help accessing the link to the poem or handout.

Tell members to download the I Am, I Be: Part 1 handout.

Remind members to use their journals or open documents on their computers.

STEP 3
TIME: 15-20 MINUTES

Where Are You From?

It’s time to generate your own poem.

Using the I Am, I Be: Part 2 handout, write your own “Where I’m From” poem using your favorite lines from your answers. Work in your journal or on a computer.
Ask members to download the I Am, I Be: Part 2 handout. After they answer the questions, they should write their own “Where I’m From” poems.

Remind members to use their journals or open documents on their computers.

STEP 4
TIME: 5 MINUTES

Reflection

Young people around the world derive great pride from their communities of origin. What are some things about your community you are most proud of?

Jot down your answers, in your journal or on your computer.
Ask members, “What are some things about your community you are most proud of?”

Verbally recognize participants and their accomplishments.

STEP 5
TIME: 5 MINUTES

Save and Submit

Upload a copy of your “Where I’m From” poem. Take a picture of your work or type it into the description section of Project Upload. You could also upload a video or mp3 of you reading your poem out loud.

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